Minky Tag Ball

Minky Tag Ball - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

As I said in my last post, Hooded Towel Tutorial,
I made most of the baby’s gifts for Christmas this year.

I love this Football Sports Ribbon and have wanted to do something fun with it. That’s when I came up with the Tag Football. Although, it didn’t turn out quite looking like a football. :) At the end of the tutorial, I will give some suggestions on what might work if you need that football shape.

It actually turned out quite cute and my little guy LOVES it!

- Supplies –

Small amount of Minky fabric (I used leftover from my Animal Ears)
Ribbon
Needle and Thread
Heat sealing tool
Stuffing

The first thing I did was get a football to “trace” the shape.
I didn’t really want to freehand the oval shape, so this worked for me.

This football had four pieces sewn together,
so I laid the football on one piece and tried to trace around it.

Then I drew 1/4″ around the shape for my seam allowance.

I cut out my pattern and traced it on the back of the Minky fabric.
I did four pieces, just like my football had.

Cut out all your pieces.
Put them aside.

Get out your ribbon and cut however many you’d like.
I decided less was more and didn’t end up using the Saddle Stitch Ribbon.

My strips were four inches long.
Remember to seal your ends.

Now take one Minky piece and pin your ribbon on the right side of the fabric with the loops facing in.

Take another Minky piece and pin one side to the piece with the ribbon, right sides together.

Then sew along that one side, back stitching at the beginning and end.
I used a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Remember to remove all your pins, including the ones holding the ribbons.

Repeat with the other two Minky pieces.

Next pin your desired ribbon pieces to the edge of one of the sewn pieces.
Pin the ribbon on the right side of the fabric with the loops toward the center.

Take the other sewn piece and pin one edge to the edge with the ribbon on it.

Here are some more pictures to get an idea of what this will look like.

Then sew along the pinned edge using a 1/4″ seam.

Next we are going to pin our last ribbons to one side of the two edges we have left.
It doesn’t matter which, but make sure you are pinning the ribbons on the right side of the fabric, towards the center.

Pin the two edges together.

I suggest pinning and sewing half of the edge,
removing the pin of the sewn in ribbon, then pinning and sewing the rest.

When you sew the rest, make sure to leave about two inches open
so we can turn it right side out and add the stuffing.

Turn your ball right side out.

Add as much stuffing until it feels right to you.

Then with your needle and thread, stitch the opening closed.
The Minky covered up how messy I was with this. I loved it! :)

And you are all finished!

Minky Tag Ball - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

The cute little baby you give it to will love it!

You can be very creative with this and add lots of embellishments, different ribbons, fabric,
and I know that whoever receives it will be one lucky baby!

**To make it more like a football shape, you might try tracing half of the ball. Then if you still want the four seams, you can cut that half in half and sew the ribbons in that seam when you sew it back together. I think the straight edge would help the shape. If you try it, I’d love to hear if it worked. If I make any more, I’ll come back and update. :)**

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